by | Oct 25, 2018

Late last year, billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced his foundation would spend another $1.7 billion on public education initiatives over the next five years. Toward the end of his announcement, though, Mr. Gates said something revealing. He…

by | Oct 25, 2018

In a small, crowded conference room full of Christian icons at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., around 40 people gathered earlier this month to hear two academics from a Muslim background discuss the topic of “Islamophobia” in Europe. The scholars were…

by | Oct 25, 2018

I recently wrote about the Karl Marx bicentennial birthday bash being celebrated throughout 2018 at Carnegie Mellon University. There, at an annual tuition cost of $61,541 (not including room and board), students can bask in lectures like “Why Marx Now,” “How Marx Now,” and…

by | Oct 1, 2018

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan recently announced that Seattle will give free ORCA transit cards to Seattle public high school students so they can ride city buses for free. She announced: …Seattle’s youth have been calling for greater transportation equity for…

by | Sep 25, 2018

In a year that has put the untenable practices and politics of Silicon Valley’s tech barons under scalding sunlight, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has come in for a particularly nasty set of burns. Just to remind ourselves, let’s count them: First,…

by | Sep 10, 2018

Last month, protesters at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill took it upon themselves to pull down a controversial 1913 memorial to alumni killed in the Civil War. The university carted the bronze soldier away on a flatbed…

by | Sep 7, 2018

If there was ever any question why Harvard University officials adamantly opposed the Trump administration’s rescinding of Obama-era guidelines for race-based admissions decisions, the answer is now clear. Students for Fair Admission v. Harvard — set to go to trial October 15…

by | Aug 1, 2018

Teaching is a noble profession. It enlightens minds, promotes wisdom and insight, and opens the doors of opportunity to a brighter future. Good teachers deserve our respect and admiration for the hard work they do in educating children. Over the…

by | Jul 17, 2018

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, teachers union officials were not shy in exercising their freedom of speech to express their outrage. However, this is especially ironic because these public-sector unions (and many…

by | Jul 13, 2018

Illinois lawmakers smartly capped end-of-career salary bumps for state employees in an effort to combat ballooning, budget-busting pension increases, but teachers unions are fighting against the policy. In 2005, legislators limited annual salary increases to 6 percent, and reduced that…

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